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Square Enix have announced that their upcoming title Balan Wonderworld will be receiving a free demo and will be available for download on January 28 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, and PC. https://twitter.com/balanwworld/status/1351530098277703680 The demo will feature 2 player local co-op across 3 worlds, more than enough content to treat the players to the latest outing from Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, creators and co-founders of Team Sonic. Balan Wonderworld is scheduled for a March 26 release date for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, and PC.

Microsoft is closing out January with a very strong lineup of games that will be making its way to their Game Pass service, with The Medium making its exclusive debut on the system as well as Yakuza 3, 4, and 5. https://twitter.com/XboxGamePass/status/1351530319157948426 Games like Injustice 2 and Torchlight III kicked off the new additions this month but as the saying goes, “but wait, there’s more!” and this time, bringing along some heavy hitters. Check out the full list below: January 21 Control (PC)Desperados III (Android, Console, and PC)Donut County (Android, Console, and PC)Outer Wilds (Android) January 26 Cyber Shadow (Android, Console, and PC) January 28 The Medium (Xbox Series X|S and PC)Yakuza 3 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC)Yakuza 4 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC)Yakuza 5 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJi-7Ue_7ms One of the bigger titles to watch out for here is The Medium, which is one of our most…

The upcoming time-bending RPG Cris Tales is receiving a lovely Collector’s Edition and pre-orders are now available exclusively through the Maximum Games website, with shipping only available in the United States. Tough luck for local fans of the game, so we’ll have to see if any of our local retailers can get their hands on this limited print edition. The Collector’s Edition will set you back for $99.99 (around PHP5,000) and will contain the following items as per the website: Cris Tales Game (Physical game for Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One. Digital download code for Steam)Collector’s 60-page art bookMatias Plush (approx. 9”)4 Enamel Character Pins3 Character Stickers2 Lithographic Art Prints (approx. 4”x6”)‘Peek-a-boo’ Game O-sleeveCollector’s BoxBonus: Digital download of 4 desktop wallpapers, 8 phone wallpapers, and 10 character avatars Cris Tales is scheduled for a release on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, PC, and Stadia in…

The most recent Ace Combat installment, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, has also become the best selling title in the series, hitting a sales milestone of over 2.5 million units sold across digital and retail copies. It beat out Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies which held the record previously. In celebration of this momentous occasion along with its 2nd anniversary, Bandai Namco have announced a new update that will release on January 19, which includes a bunch of content like emblems and skins. https://youtu.be/RHTB5Fze0kw Here’s the full list of in-game items players can expect when the update hits tomorrow: 10 new skins X-02S GlowingF-22A PhoenixF-4E MobiusF-15E GarudaASF-X RidgebacksF-16C CrowSu-37 ScarfaceTyphoon UPEOF-22A GryphusSu-37 UPEO 10 new emblems 25th Anniversary Nugget -Mobius 1-25th Anniversary Nugget -Yellow 13-ACE COMBAT 7 2nd AnniversaryShooterSpookyFalcoUNFUNICSArrows (Low-Vis)Falco Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is now available for the PS4 and Xbox One. You can also check out the…

Demakes seem to be the thing these days and if done right, could actually be a great thing. Take the Cyberpunk 2077 PS1 version, for example. Not only does it capture the game perfectly, but it looks like something we would actually play! This time around, there’s a Bloodborne PS1 demake making its rounds and is something that fans of the game may want to check out. Since we don’t have a fully optimized PS5 version just yet, Twitter user Lilymeister has decided to take matters into her own hands and go back in time, bringing the masterpiece from FromSoftware to the PS1 and with it, great results that will put a smile to the face of Soulsborne fans. https://twitter.com/b0tster/status/1350528152057962496 Chunky and blocky graphics aside, the game looks great, and the frame rate looks too good to be true for Bloodborne. Kidding aside, we’d love to play this game even…

Valorant Episode 2 Act 1 has started and with it came a new Infiltrator Duelist named Yoru, who made his debut in a Valorant cinematic announced by Riot Games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR2hUiOBT4Dtrf2-Y0AjZKa1h5xDMK7t8U_LMDvsCM_eQ5vrLxS1ediz9gs&v=hhlgphVf-1g&feature=youtu.be Yoru is a Japanese native that rips holes straight through reality to infiltrate enemy lines unseen with a kit as follows: C: FAKEOUT – Equip an echo that mimics footsteps when activated. Fire to activate and send the echo forward. Alt Fire to place an echo in place. Use the inactive echo to send it forward E: GATECRASH – Equip to harness a rift tether. To send the tether out moving forward, use fire. Alt fire to place a tether in place. Activate to teleport to the tehter’s location. Q: BLINDSIDE – Equip to rip an unstable dimensional frament from reality. Fire to throw the fragment, activating a flash that winds up once it collides with a hard surface in…

The 1.2 Update for Genshin Impact may have been already released back in December 2020 but there’s still a lot more content on the way, with players already likely exploring the new Dragonspine area and also having tried their luck in getting the new playable character Albedo. It looks like Albedo’s time in the spotlight is done for now as here is a rundown of the latest content for 1.2, which features the new character Ganyu. New character Make way for a new Cryo based character as the “Plenilune Gaze” Ganyu is going to be up for grabs. Along with this new 5-Star bow user, players will get a chance to get Xiangliang, Xingqiu, and Noelle as well with their drop-rate also getting a boost. Those who want to try out Ganyu and other characters too will get a chance in Character Trial events also offered as part of the…

In case you haven’t read about the big Cyberpunk 2077 expose, a report by Jason Schrier talks about multiple issues like their 2018 E3 demo being “almost entirely fake”, developmental problems, and the many discrepancies in the production schedule of the open world IP. Since then, Studio head of CD Projekt Red, Adam Badowski, has responded to this report via Twitter, pointing out 3 main issues. https://twitter.com/AdamBadowski/status/1350532507469553668?s=20 On the topic of the “fake demo”, Badowski’s response was “It’s hard for a trade show game demo not to be a test of vision or vertical slice two years before the game ships, but that doesn’t mean it’s fake. Compare the demo with the game. Look at the Dumdum scene or car chase, or the many other things. What the people reading your article may not know is that games are not made in a linear fashion and start looking like the…

The Cyberpunk 2077 post-launch disaster pile keeps getting bigger and bigger, and now new information reveals huge development missteps, to the point that a 2018 gameplay slice was “almost entirely fake.” A report by Jason Schreier of Bloomberg reveals that during the time, CDPR’s focus was to impress the outside world. They showed gameplay footage during E3 2018 and “Fans and journalists were wowed by Cyberpunk 2077’s ambition and scale. What they didn’t know was that the demo was almost entirely fake. CD Projekt hadn’t yet finalized and coded the underlying gameplay systems, which is why so many features, such as car ambushes, were missing from the final product. Developers said they felt like the demo was a waste of months that should have gone toward making the game.” Schreier also goes on to mention more interesting tidbits that didn’t make it into his report: https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1350327190882312192 https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1350329528019791872 With how the…

Video game movies have had a mostly bad reputation, with high hopes but ultimately leading to disappointment. Recently, the Resident Evil movie reboot has wrapped up production, looking to redeem the franchise from lackluster outings. Now, courtesy of EW, we have our first look at the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie, which is set to release in cinemas and HBO Max on April 16. Check out the recently released images from Warner Bros. Pictures below: The film is directed by Simon McQuoid, with James Wan and Todd Garner as producers. Ludi Lin will star as Liu Kang, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, among others. For the first time, Fatalities will make its way in the movie, and iconic ones at that, which will certainly be one of the highlights of the film for fans…

Following the wave of delays that was kicked off by Outriders and Hogwarts Legacy, Ubisoft’s Riders Republic also takes a hit, with its new release window scheduled for “later this year”. According to their Twitter account, they asked their excited players for a little more time “to deliver the best fun fueled experience to our players”. https://twitter.com/RidersRepublic/status/1349763373626515456?s=20 Riders Republic is ambitious and is touted to be a massive multiplayer outdoors playground. I’m interested to see how they’ll tackle the paragliding portion of the game as it’s something I’m probably not going to tackle in real life. If anything, it looks to be very interesting, and something fans of these outdoor activities can get excited about. Riders Republic will be out later this year for the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and the PC.

Itching to find out more about Resident Evil Village? Well you’ll want to tune in on January 21, as Capcom have promised us a showcase bearing new information about the upcoming title. The announcement comes straight from the Resident Evil social media accounts, and promises “a guided tour of Resident Evil Village, including a new trailer, first-ever gameplay, and more Resident Evil news!” https://twitter.com/RE_Games/status/1349748554575736833 The guided tour could see a deep-dive of the setting where the game will take place, but more importantly, first-ever gameplay is something to really get excited about. While we know that the game will follow the first person perspective that was implemented in Resident Evil VII, it would be nice to see how this latest game will do it justice, especially with the power behind the next-gen consoles. Maybe a release date could be revealed as well? We’ll have to wait until January 21 to…

Oh Nintendo, just dropping announcements out of nowhere! Initially announced last year, New Pokemon Snap now has a release date and it is scheduled for April 30, 2021. You can check out the accompanying trailer below: https://youtu.be/Mq8Kn6mhUxA Here is the overview of the game courtesy of a Nintendo press release: Get ready to visit the many beautiful isles of the Lental region in the New Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo Switch family of systems. Filled with diverse ecosystems, from dense jungles to vast deserts, the archipelago of the region is an untouched natural marvel, packed to the brim with Pokémon just waiting to be discovered!In New Pokémon Snap, players will take on the role of a budding Pokémon photographer and work with the Lental region expert, Professor Mirror, and his assistant, Rita, on an ecological survey to photograph Pokémon thriving in nature. The game will set you back for $59.99…

Coming from an initial announcement that was scheduled to see the new Harry Potter game, Hogwarts Legacy, launch this year, it has now been revealed that the game will be delayed a full year and will be released in 2022. The annoucement was made over social media, and says that “Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us so we are giving the game the time it needs.” https://twitter.com/HogwartsLegacy/status/1349400854000922627 Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action RPG that is set in the 1800’s and will have you “Embark on a journey through familiar and new locations as you explore and discover fantastic beasts, customize your character and craft potions, master spell casting, upgrade talents, and become the wizard you want to be.” Hogwarts Legacy is set to release on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Returnal is ramping up their promotions machine, first with their Housemarque Housecast Episode 3 detailing their combat systems taking advantage of the Dualsense controller. Now, a new trailer on the PlayStation Blog has been released, showcasing some rather impressive gameplay that highlights various weapons and equipment that will help you on your journey. https://youtu.be/EB5HCcKcLNQ From what we can see in the trailer, it details what we can expect from the status HUD that aids us in this roguelike bullet hell experience. First highlights the weapons loadout, and just like Hades and other roguelike games, we could only take one primary weapon in our runs. Also from the trailer, it shows the Tachymatic Carbine, which works like common assault rifle with an Shockstream alt-fire that fires a charged energy blast. As seen from the Housemarque episode, you could activate that in the Dualsense by squeezing the L2 button and half-pressing said…